Five things to know from what happened in the world of sport. December 15-21, 2020.
- A triumphal farewell to La Dolfina? La Dolfina won the mental game and beat rivals Ellerstina to take their eight consecutive Argentine Polo Open, the most prestigious polo tournament in the world. Ellerstina had won the two previous legs of the Triple Crown but the team made up by Nero (ARG), Cambiaso (ARG), Mac Donough (ARG) and Stirling (URU) won 10-8 in what was their rumoured last game together ever, although now it looks likely that they will give it a go for one more year. (ESPN Argentina)
- A win at the buzzer. Riga (LAT) defeated Liman (SRB) with two seconds to conclude the FIBA 3×3 Basketball World Tour Final when Jeddah Final MVP Nauris Miezis (LAT) scored a one-legged shot far from the arc. Watch it (FIBA 3×3)
- German sliders. Germany’s Francesco Friedrich (DEU) keeps on dominating the Bobsled World Cup with 7/8 wins after the two wins in Innsbruck, where Germany (Stephanie Schneider/Leonie Fiebig) beat Germany and Germany to take Women’s 2-Bob. In Winterberg (DEU), Felix Loch (DEU) won again, while Max Langenhan (DEU) took the Sprint race and a pair of German duos are beating each other as the winningest Doubles team of all time: Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt, and Tonni Eggert/Sascha Benecken, with one win each. Julia Taubitz (DEU) won the Artificial Track and Sprint golds as well. Watch the race replays (FIL)
- Norwegian Skiers. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR), FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup current Champion, took the Super G and Downhill races at Val Gardena (ITA). In Ski Jumping, Halvor Egner Granerud (NOR) won his fifth consecutive World Cup meet. In Biathlon, Tiril Eckhoff (NOR) took two golds in the Hochfilzen (AUT) World Cup and was second to Marte Olsbu Røiseland (NOR) in the other one. In the men’s category, Sturla Holm Lægreid (NOR) took two out of three golds. In Cross-Country they did not field a team last week and allowed other countries to win. In Nordic Skiing, history was made with the first Women’s World Cup meet, won by Tara Geraghty-Moats (USA) and followed by Gyda Westvold Hansen (NOR) (Insidethegames)
- Exciting Gran Turismo. The Gran Turismo World Finals provided for excellent Finals races. Takuma Miyazono (JAP) proved he is simply the best in the World by taking the three available Championships: GR Supra GT Cup, the Manufacturer’s Cup and the Nation’s Cup, where he he edged out José Serrano (ESP) side by side on race 2 and was passed in the last lap by Valerio Gallo (ITA) on race 3. In a different form of esports, Astralis sweeped Team Liquid 3-0 to take Counter Strike’s Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Finals. (Watch – ESL)